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Published February 20, 2012, 10:19 PM

Local extreme triathletes push it to the limit

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's finally beginning to look a lot like winter outside, a sight that likely makes you want to stay inside with a hot cup of cocoa. Some Fargo athletes are lacing up their gym shoes and hopping on their bikes.

It's finally beginning to look a lot like winter outside, a sight that likely makes you want to stay inside with a hot cup of cocoa. Some Fargo athletes are lacing up their gym shoes and hopping on their bikes.

Friends Joel Vettel and Grant Mehring of Fargo are pushing themselves to the limit.

Joel Vettel Triathlon Competitor: "It really is stepping out of our comfort zone and doing the best we can."

Vettel and Mehring are training for the third annual Extreme North Dakota Iceman Triathlon this Saturday in Grand Forks.

Joel Vettel: "More than likely you're just competing against your own time."

In the bitter cold temperatures, between 75 and 100 athletes will still feel the burn. They'll ski through rough terrain for three miles...

Grant Mehring – Triathlon Competitor: "Nice gear enables you to do crazy things."

…bike another seven miles…

Joel Vettel: "I tend to wipe out a lot and fall a lot, but still a lot of fun for me."

…and finish out the race with a three mile run.

Grant Mehring: "I'm trained as a runner so I'm fasting at the last leg."

The only thing that could put a damper on this year's race is the lack of snow on the ground. If there isn't enough snow by Saturday then the race will turn into a duatholon where it's run, bike, run.

Grant Mehring: "Which could be pretty extreme especially if the weather is warm b/c it's going to be very muddy."

These two friends are prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at them.

Joel Vettel: "As we get older, we stop challenging ourselves physically and a little bit mentally in making sure we can still do some of things we did when we were younger.

The Iceman Triathlon starts at 9 am Saturday. Athletes will meet at the Lincoln Park warming house in Grand Forks. You can register the day of. For more information visit, http://www.endracing/com

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